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Digital Services

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of access to the digital signal in Coventry South. (75801)

The vast majority of households in the West Midlands can receive digital TV services via digital satellite, terrestrial or cable. Digital terrestrial television (via an aerial) is available to 74 per cent. of households. Overall take-up of digital television in the West Midlands is 66 per cent.

After switchover, which takes place in the Central region in 2011, UK digital terrestrial television coverage will match the current analogue coverage of 98.5 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many homes in Northern Ireland (a) are unable and (b) she expects to be unable after analogue switch-off in 2012 to receive digital television services. (76530)

The vast majority of households in Northern Ireland can receive digital TV services via digital satellite, terrestrial or cable. Currently, digital terrestrial television (via an aerial) is available to 58 per cent. of households. Overall take-up of digital television in Northern Ireland is 53 per cent..

After switchover, which takes place in the Northern Ireland region in 2012, UK digital terrestrial television coverage will match the current analogue coverage of 98.5 per cent.